Donald Rumsfeld, Former Secretary of Defense Dies at 88, Peers React

Bush administration officials Condoleezza Rice and John Bolton were among those who mourned Donald Henry Rumsfeld (July 9, 1932 – June 29, 2021) (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Bush administration officials Condoleezza Rice and John Bolton were among those who mourned Donald Henry Rumsfeld (July 9, 1932 – June 29, 2021) (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

June 30, 2021 – In Breaking News – Fox News

Donald Rumsfeld’s death at age 88 on Wednesday prompted an array of reactions from politicians and other public figures who remarked on the life of the former secretary of defense.

Rumsfeld’s family announced his passing, noting that he had died “surrounded by family in his beloved Taos, New Mexico.”

A two-time defense secretary, Rumsfeld is best known for his prominent role in former President George W. Bush’s administration, leading Pentagon policy during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Donald Rumsfeld, the former U.S. defense secretary who was the main architect of the 2003 Iraq war, died at age 88. Courtesy of Reuters and YouTube. Posted on Jun 30, 2021.)

Bush was among the first public figures to react to Rumsfeld’s death, praising his former colleague’s “steady service as a wartime secretary of defense — a duty he carried out with strength, skill, and honor.”

Condoleezza Rice, who served as secretary of state in the Bush administration, remembered Rumsfeld as a “remarkable and committed public servant.”

“He was also a good friend and a steady presence throughout the many trials of the post-9/11 world. I will miss him as a colleague and as a friend. Joyce and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers,” she said.

Rumsfeld is the only person in U.S. history to twice serve as the Pentagon’s highest official. He held roles under four presidential administrations and once staged his own unsuccessful bid for the presidency.

As defense secretary under President Bush, Rumsfeld faced intense scrutiny over his handling of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts following the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks.

“I am saddened to hear of Donald Rumsfeld’s passing. He dedicated his life to public service answering the call time and time again,” said John Bolton, another top Bush administration official who worked closely with Rumsfeld.

“It was an honor to work with him in the Bush 43 Administration.”

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Passing of Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

I was saddened to hear today of the passing of former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Mr. Rumsfeld had the singular distinction of holding that post for two nonconsecutive tenures, serving as both the 13th Secretary of Defense and the 21st.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (Courtesy of DoD)

He also served in the U.S. Navy in 1954-57 as a pilot and a flight instructor, and he continued his service as a reservist until 1975, when he became Secretary of Defense for the first time.

Over the decades of his remarkable career, from Congress to the White House to the Pentagon, Secretary Rumsfeld was propelled by his boundless energy, probing intellect, and abiding commitment to serve his country.

On behalf of the Department of Defense, I extend my deep condolences to his family and loved ones.

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